Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Beethoven - "Choral" Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 (1983)

Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Recorded live in Avery Fisher Hall on February 2, 1983 for a "Live From Lincoln Center" telecast. This isn't my favorite Beethoven symphony and Mehta isn't my favorite conductor. Still, the second movement is a fun ride. Recording live to digital in 1983 was quite a technological feat and the sound quality is very good here considering that fact. When the vocalists start in the fourth movement, the mix falls apart, but that's a small quibble. The bigger quibble would be the sloppy playing by a first-rate orchestra, but that's Mehta for ya. If I was more fond of this particular work, I'd probably spring for another interpretation.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: If memory serves, I got this CD in a BMG Music Service promotion, which would explain why I couldn't be choosy about the conductor or the live setting. Reportedly, BMG Music Service shut down in 2009, another rip-off, er, business brought down by digital downloads.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Symphonies No. 5 & No. 7 (1988)
Piano Sonatas Nos, 3, 21, & 30 (1987)

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